N Forest 2 – 1 Coventry

first_imgIt was the defender’s first goal in more than a year, since he netted in a 3-0 win over Kilmarnock for Aberdeen, but his finish was impressive.Forest ‘keeper Brice Samba had to make an adept save to keep out O’Hare’s skimming shot, but Forest were deserving of their half-time lead.Maxime Biamou was unlucky not to draw Coventry level early in the second half, when he saw his driven shot bounce back off the foot of the post.An injury to Matt Godden gave Tyler Walker the chance to impress against the club where he came through the academy ranks.But it was O’Hare who was on hand to head Coventry level in the 57th minute as he attacked a cross from Sam McCallum to flick home.Forest almost restored their lead but saw Marosi hold a Taylor header confidently.O’Hare also flashed another decent effort wide and Biamou should have put the visitors in front, but planted a great headed chance straight at Samba.Samba pulled off an outstanding save to deny O’Hare as Coventry pushed hard for a second goal.The Forest ‘keeper also had to beat Walker in a race to a through ball to deny him a chance.Substitute Sammy Ameobi picked out Lolley with a cross, but he could not get enough on his header.Coventry had looked the more likely to snatch the win – right up until the moment Taylor netted from the penalty spot with the final kick of the game.What the managers said…Nottingham Forest’s Chris Hughton: “It has been a difficult time for us with regard to getting goals and sometimes you want a break to go your way. I think we deserved something from the game. Whether we deserved a win or not is something different. But we will take it.“It felt as though, if any side was going to go on and win the game, it would have been Coventry. But just when we thought it was going to end in a draw, we managed to get a goal with the last kick. I thought we were good in the first half but my biggest disappointment was that we did not make the most of the possession we had. We did not have enough shots on goal, we did not create enough opportunities or good crosses. Our build-up play was good.“But we were up against a very well drilled Coventry side who have been together for some time. It was still a good feeling to get that win. Now we just need to take that feeling into the next game, against Wycombe.”Coventry’s Mark Robins: “We would have been disappointed with a point. I thought we were much better in the second half. We hit the post and had numerous chances to finish the game off. Then we shot ourselves in the foot by giving the penalty away, at a point when we had no time to come back.“If you touch Lyle Taylor he will go down, inside or outside the box. You cannot give him the opportunity to do that. McFadzean is saying that he did not touch him but there was clearly a coming together and as soon as he felt contact he was going to go down, which gave the referee a decision to make.“Then he picks himself up and sticks the ball in the back of the net. We have had bad luck but, having said that, we could have made it easier for ourselves by making more of the chances we created. On the upside we have played really well. But to come away with nothing is a real blow.” But then Kyle McFadzean clipped Taylor’s heels in injury time to give the striker the chance to hand the Reds three points from the penalty spot – an opportunity he took with great calmness.Forest almost took the lead in the 12th minute, when Marko Marosi made hard work of what should have been a straightforward save from a driven shot from Anthony Knockaert, with the ‘keeper relieved to see it bounce wide.From the resulting corner, McKenna planted a header narrowly the wrong side of the post.- Advertisement –  Image:Lyle Taylor scored a late winner from the penalty spot for Nottingham Forest Gustavo Hamer conjured Coventry’s first attempt on goal in the 27th minute, but his 22-yard effort was always rising well over the bar.Joe Lolley came close with a header that was deflected wide at the other end.Forest went ahead in the 30th minute following some penalty box pinball that saw both Luke Freeman and Samba Sow have shots blocked, with the latter’s effort deflected perfectly into the path of McKenna, for him to sweep a low shot into the back of the net.- Advertisement – Lyle Taylor’s penalty six minutes into added time helped Nottingham Forest claim a 2-1 victory over Coventry and hand Chris Hughton his first home win as manager.Forest looked to be on course for their fourth 1-1 draw of Hughton’s six-match tenure, after Callum O’Hare’s 57th-minute header had cancelled out a first-half goal from Scott McKenna at the City Ground. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

England will be a good draw for Ghana – Kenpong

first_imgOn the eve of the highly anticipated FIFA World draw in Salvador Brazil, the CEO of Kenpong Group of companies, Mr Kennedy Agyapong has called on Ghanaian football lovers to enjoy the draw and not to worry too much about which teams will be grouped with the Black Stars.”This is the World Cup so there is no escaping the best of the best teams at this level. If you ask me, even England would be a good draw for the Black Stars because it means Ghana will get additional massive mileage from the British media”.Indeed Fifa on Tuesday announced the pots to be used for Friday’s draw when the 32 teams will be placed into eight first-round groups of four. Pot 1 consists of the eight top seeds, one of each to be drawn in Groups A-H. The remaining pots are based on geographical criteria.Like millions of Ghanaians, Kenpong is not hiding his excitement ahead of the draw which is expected to attract a global viewing audience of 1. 8 billion people. Apart from being a sports enthusiast and football philanthropist, Kenpong is set to roll out one of the most dynamic and competitive travel and tours packages for the Brazil 2014 fiesta.This was confirmed to Ghana Sports International by Director of Finance at Kenpong Group/Kenpong Travel and Tours, Mr George Amoako ” With our partners in Brazil, we have put in place a solid and robust system to withstand the expected huge demands of Ghanaians seeking to travel to watch the World Cup” Kenpong Travel and Tours (KTT) have already completed the training of additional staff to support the administrative element of their services. The Manager of KTT Mr. Kwame Oduro Appiah-Kubi is confident that with world class staff, the processes and procedures of handling hundreds of applications would be dealt with professionally.”We are well prepared and just waiting for the green light to roll out so people should expect nothing but the best from Kenpong Travel and Tours when it comes to reliability, affordability and quality when it comes to travelling to Brazil 2014”.Meanwhile, after two-and-half-years testing process involving some of the world’s biggest stars, Adidas on Tuesday night unveiled the Brazuca, the official match ball for next summer’s World Cup.The ball, the successor to the Adidas Jabulani used at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, has already been tested in competitive international matches, at the Under-20s World Cup, with a different print design, and in the friendly between Sweden and Argentina last February.And why Brazuca? According to FIFA.COM, the name is an informal local term which means Brazilian or describes the Brazilian way of life. The colours and ribbon design of the ball panels symbolise the traditional multi-coloured wish bracelets worn in the country. The ball, which is being taken on a world tour, goes on sale on Wednesday, priced at around £100 ($164) the equivalent of GHC370.00.last_img read more

Accra Works Out: Appiah to feature ahead of his farewell match

first_imgEx-skipper of the Black Stars and former Juventus midfielder, Stephen “Tornado” Appiah, who announced his retirement from competitive football not too long ago and has  hinted at a likely testimonial match in an interview with sportscrusader.com, but expects  a massive turn out at February’s Accra Works Out.Appiah opined that, regular exercise is key to healthy living. “A healthy mind resides in a healthy body and before we can enjoy the wealth we all aspire for, we must first be healthy.”“I’m expecting more people from the corporate world as well as more icons to turn up at this month’s workout, it will be fun.”He commended the organizers for maintaining the consistency and improving the structure of the aerobic sessions.“I must commend Primeval Media for this initiative, I got attracted to and have been part of the workout since last year, due to the packaging of sessions, and I must admit that, I’ve enjoyed each session since I joined.”Accra Works Out  comes off this Saturday, February 28, from 7am to 9am on the Multi-purpose court of the Accra sports stadium. It’s free, but interested persons must call 0244 538 087 to register.last_img read more

MLB hot stove: Khris Davis eyeing long-term deal with Athletics

first_imgAthletics slugger Khris Davis is eligible for free agency after this season, but he would be happy to work out a long-term deal with Oakland.Davis told the AP Sunday he’d like to play in Oakland at least three more seasons after this one. MLB hot stove: Phillies reportedly in lead for Bryce Harper, Nationals a distant second “Whatever works best for the organization. … Whatever comes long-term is going to come,” Davis said. “If they want me here long-term they’re going to get something done.” “I’d like to be here. I hope something gets done,” Davis said. “It’s not a good thing being a free agent right now. For my security, it’s going to impact a lot. That’s the way the business is. I’m already 31 so I don’t know if I’m too old. There’s a lot of things that run through my head. Who knows. If it [long-term contract] happens, it happens.”Shoot, I want to stay here at least three more years, but that’s a long time to be an Oakland A. But if anybody can do it, I guess it’s me, hopefully. I don’t think they’ll trade me as long as we’re doing good. So we better do good so I don’t get traded.” Related News Davis certainly did his part for the surprising Athletics last season, leading the majors with 48 home runs and collecting 123 RBIs. He finished eighth in the AL MVP voting. The outfielder has averaged 44 home runs and 112 RBIs in three seasons in Oakland.Athletics manager Bob Melvin told the AP he really admires Davis’ attitude. “He’s been as good a fit here as some of the great players in the past here,” Melvin said. “I kind of alluded since the day he got here he seems like the perfect fit for our city, for our team, the attitude he has as a superstar that has an everyday workmanlike mentality, doesn’t want the spotlight, so that’s kind of what I was implying. I mean what I said, he’s been absolutely terrific for us.”Davis said he’s focusing on this season, and is not worried about his contract situation.last_img read more

FL 11-year-old stabs mom’s attacker with scissors

first_imgPolice say an 11-year-old from Pinellas County stabbed a 44-year-old with scissors to stop the man from attacking the child’s mother.Deputies say the suspect, identified as Panagiotis Karamanlis, was physically battering the woman before the child took action.Karamanlis was allegedly pulling the mother’s hair, holding her to the ground and punching her in the face multiple times.According to an arrest report, the mother said to Karamanlis, “don’t do this in front of the kids.”In fear that the child’s mother was going to be killed, the 11-year-old grabbed a pair of scissors and stabbed Karamanlis twice in the back.After stabbing Karamanlis, the child was reportedly shaking and said, “Mommy, I stabbed him because I thought he was going to kill you!”The 11-year-old and the child’s 10-year-old sibling who witnessed the incident were hospitalized for anxiety shortly after.Deputies say the suspect admitted to holding the woman down, and pulling her hair but denied punching her in the face.Karamanlis was arrested at the scene.He is facing charges of domestic battery and child abuse.No other information is available at this time.last_img read more